Space Shuttle Thermal Tile
This actual piece of
thermal tile material was made in the late 1970's for the
Space Shuttle Columbia, the first shuttle to fly in space. This shuttle tile is not from the loss of STS-107 - it is from the original construction of Columbia.
Thermal tiles are made of a "foam glass" material. Each
Space Shuttle contains more than 34,000 separate tiles,
each specifically cut for its own location, to protect the
Shuttle when reentering the atmosphere.
Packaging includes a clear plastic box with an authentic
piece of Space Shuttle tile material resting on a sky blue
foam insert. This is an excellent educational item for kids
and a must for collectors. Supplies are limited, so